The Kravets/Wehby Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Café des Artistes, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Tom Sanford. The show will open on Saturday, September 7th and run through October 12th, 2013.

“You could grow up in the city where history was made and still miss it all” - Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude

In Café des Artistes, Tom Sanford presents a series of “New York genre paintings” depicting scenes of extraordinary New Yorkers engaged in the motions and activities of an ordinary life. Some of the characters included are Walt Frazier, Tina Fey, RZA, Jonathan Lethem, Diane Von Furstenberg, Bill T Jones, Woody Allen, Nicole Eisenman, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Tom Sanford illuminates the “image fiction” of an everyday life intertwined with icons of pop culture. “The Deli on Broadway” depicts a miscast Spike Lee as a deli clerk with a nod to “Mookie” in Do The Rite Thing. The scenery and settings of New York are just as much the iconic subjects of the paintings as the people they depict.

Tom Sanford currently lives and works in New York City. This will be his first solo exhibition with Kravets Wehby Gallery. His work has also been recently exhibited at the Nassau County Museum and has received critical acclaim in publications such as Art in America and the New York Times.